Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Flesh and Feathers by April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland

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Today I welcome authors April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland here at Book Travels. We made an awesome interview.

Also, April and Danielle will be giving away an autographed bookmark and $5 Amazon GC to one commenter at every stop, and one $15 and one $25Amazon.com gift certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.  So be sure to check out the remaining tour stops to increase your odds of winning (and to check out the other guest blogs and interviews).


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Why did you decide to write an urban fantasy paranormal romance?

Danielle: Paranormal Romance is such a liberating topic. When writing paranormal romance a writer can pretty much make up the rules as they go.

April: NO RULES!!! Anything goes! I love fantasy. It’s a world that can bend and break any way you want or need it to. And the mystery of it can be amazing.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

Danielle: Our book is not they typical boy meets girl; girl falls in love, happily ever after. Our book has many hidden secrets and sideline stories that we feel the reader will enjoy learning.

April: We really worked hard to make this book different than everything else. There is some major action going on and a plot that is based on scriptures and mythical elements. Then we added a love triangle and loves of drama! It’s not an angel/fallen angel book. There is way more to it!

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Danielle: Music, I have music for every mood of writing.

April: Cigarettes and coffee. Oh! And of course Danielle. LOL.

What kind of books do you read in your spare time?

Danielle: I read everything from historical romance, to paranormal romance, to the side of a cereal box.

April: I like to read cereal boxes. I find them so interesting. Plus they have those little games on the back! It’s awesome! (Only kidding.) My love will always be paranormal romance. Boy meets girl; they fall in love; tragedy strikes and they must overcome it together!

Do you read the same genre that you write?

Danielle: I do. I know people say this is a no-no, but I love to read and write this genre.

April: Yes, because I love it. But I do read other things, like, just finished Seven Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor. Totally loved it.

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

Danielle: A wolf, a witch, and a seriously bad case of the blues. We are currently working on a paranormal romance novel called The Witch and The Werewolf.

April: As Danielle said, we are working on The Witch and The Werewolf. We also have She Haunts Me and Flesh and Flames, which is book 2 of The Flesh Series.

What is one urban fantasy paranormal romance book that you would recommend?

Danielle: I love YA so I would have to recommend Hush-Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

April: Gonna have to stick with Danielle on this one. I loved Hush-Hush! One of my most favorite books!

A curiosity you would like to share.

Danielle: Why is love so darn difficult?

April: Why was it that I was in love with Edward in the movie but in love with Jacob in the book? (I know someone can totally relate to this.)

Quick answers:

a dream?

Danielle: All I can tell you is that I am there and so is Damon
Salvatore off of Vampire Diaries.

April: Sitting on the covered porch to my beach house with coffee, my laptop, and my co-author.

a nightmare?

Danielle: A world without cognac.

April: Not writing!!!

favorite book?

Danielle: Pride and Prejudice.

April: Is it bad to say Flesh and Feathers? Umm… ok, then I would have to go with New Moon.

favorite music?

Danielle: New age folk.

April: Metal all the way. And I will listen to Country on occasion. (But when I write, I have to listen to whatever Danielle is playing.)

favorite sentence?

Danielle: It is her world; we just live in it.

April: Anyone who knows something I don’t is my teacher. (I have worn this out over the years.)


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April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland
Silver Publishing, March 31, 2012
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Male/Female, Romance, Shape-Shifter
ISBN: 9781614952435
Format: eBook

Summary:

Blurb: Azaleigh’s life was simple. Then she meets Kale and Gage, two very different and charming men – one she loves and the other she cannot live without. As she struggles with her feelings towards them both, she begins to realize they are hiding a secret – and to her surprise they are not the only ones.

Soon after, Azaleigh finds herself running for her life from a bounty hunter that is far from human, and with every narrow escape, she begins to unlock the secret that will change her life forever. In a world of good and evil, angel and fallen, Azaleigh must choose between fate or the one she loves. What do you do when hell won’t let you win and evil just won’t die?

Excerpt:

“Aren’t you coming in?” I asked. He just stood there, not saying a word.

“Is that a, No?” I asked, not hiding my frustration.

“I have somewhere to be,” he said with that stupid matter-of-fact voice again

That’s all it took. I lost my cool… or something like that. “You know what? I don’t get you. You act like I can’t walk myself home from work because I need protecting. You take me out acting like I’m your girlfriend and the only person you can think about…. Then you come here and… do what you do–you know what I’m talking about. (I was thinking of how to say make me want to have sex with you, but that would have been blunt and pathetic). And now you act like this and like you did last night. You know what? Fine! If that’s how it’s going to be, then leave.” (I am sure that didn’t come out any better.) I followed up by slamming the door in his face.

I laid my back against the door and butted my head against it a few times. Then I thought about how that was the most ridiculous overreaction I had ever seen done by anyone.

My instinct was to look through the peephole to see if he was still there. Sure enough, he was and with the same expression on his face. I calmly opened the door, which made a creaking sound at the slow pace. Staring at the floor, I cleared my throat and began to speak. “I’m sorry. It’s been a long day. I was out of line and… um… I didn’t mean anything I just said… or screamed.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Danielle Hylton-Outland was raised in Virginia. She grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming; always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. She now lives with her husband and dog where she is pursuing a degree in literature. Danielle is a strong animal activist. She is currently co-writing the second book in The Flesh Series, "Flesh and Flames".

April Fifer grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that your dreams could become stories.

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The authors will be giving away an autographed bookmark and $5 Amazon GC to one commenter at every stop, and one $15 and one $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

The winner will be posted on the Goddess Fish Promotions blog site after the tour ends. Goddess Fish Promotions will notify the winner.

Visit the other sites for more chances to win:

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Flesh and Feathers Virtual Tour Sites

March 26: Urban Girl Reader
March 27: Novel Reflections
March 28: Curse of the Bibliophile
March 29: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
March 30: Magically Seductive Romance
April 2: Immortality and Beyond
April 3: Books Are Magic
April 4: Book Travels
April 5: I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
April 6: My Odd Little World

Interview and Giveaway: Kenya Wright

Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Kenya Wright to speak answer a few questions. Kenya’s new series The Habitat was review here. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs for more chances to win.
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BookTravels: Why did you decide to write an urban fantasy romance?
KenyaWright: My favorite quote is: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison 
When I decided to write my book, I wrote the exact type of story I would love to read.
BookTravels: What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
KenyaWright: There are three things that make my book different from others in my genre. First my book has a lot of diverse characters. The setting is in Miami so there are a lot of characters from Hispanic descent and my main character is African-American. Second, the magic system is based on the Santeria religion which I have never seen in fantasy novels. Finally, the concept of supernaturals living in caged cities is a pretty unique idea.
BookTravels: Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
KenyaWright: Coffee- I go to law school, work a full-time job, and have three little kids. I am always tired!
A Wide Pen- I have carpal tunnal so my wrists quickly hurt if I use a small pen. The thick pens let me write for hours.
BookTravels: What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?
KenyaWright: My favorite genres are urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I also read a lot of different genres from sci-fi to mystery, cyber punk to horror.
BookTravels: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
KenyaWright: I am currently working on two things. One, I am revising a YA paranormal romance novella from Fire Baptized’s world. The book is called Chameleon and has completely different characters. The book should be published in March 2012. Additionally, I am revising the sequel to Fire Baptized which is The Burning Bush. It will be published in May 2012.
BookTravels: What is one urban fantasy book that you would recommend and why?
KenyaWright: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bones. It is by far my favorite novel. The author is such a talented writer. When I read her setting descriptions I literally want to make love to the book.
 
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Fire Baptized

Since the 1970’s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.

Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?
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Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sung the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university. 
However, writing has been the only constant love in her life.
Now Kenya is publishing her first book, Fire Baptized, the urban fantasy novel she always wanted to read. This novel is the first book in a series.
Will she succeed? Of course. 
For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.
Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.
Giveaway 

Rebecca will be giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
To Enter: Leave a comment or question with your email address.

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February 20: LASR Science Fiction/Fantasy Guest Blog
February 21: Rogues Angels
February 22: Kindling the Fire
February 23: Novel Reflections
February 24: Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight
February 27: Paranormal Romantics
February 28: The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
February 29: BookSpark
March 1: A Bookalicious Story
March 2: Book Travels
March 5: The ParaRomance Club
March 6: It’s Raining Books
March 7: Carrie Ann Ryan’s Blog
March 8: The Muse
March 9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
March 12: Mother/Gamer/Writer
March 13: Reader Girls
March 14: My Odd Little World
March 15: Realmantic Moments
March 16: Adventure Into Romance

Review: Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

imageTitle: Fire Baptized
Author: Kenya Wright
Format Read: 
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Series: The Habitat #1
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 28th 2012
Formats Available:  paperback, kindle, ebook
Number of pages: 276
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.
Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.
While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

My Thoughts:

It has been a while since a read one urban fantasy books, and boy I was missing a hole different world and this book did bring the best story. It has all kinds of things, from racism to slavery and even more powers than anyone could imagine.

For one thing that I loved it is Lanore, she’s a strong female character that does what is right, despise her childhood. She has flaws and that’s what makes more special. In this strange world were the supernaturals live together in cities that are more like prison, Lanore is like a sunshine, so pure and strong. She doesn’t have a perfect life and that s show when she shoplift some books just to be able to finish college.

There are three different races and this is a bit confusing on the book. When the humans discovered the supernaturals everything changed and some cities were created only for those with powers. And they were branded, each species had their own symbol. After a while these supernaturals started to breed and that’s what Lanore is a Mix-breed and those like her are considered the worst kinds because she could receive power from both parents or none.

So there’s also a little romance with a ex-boyfriend that is actually someone she grow up with, so their relationship is kinda strange. Plus there’s a sexy man that does everything for her and has a lot of influence.

You think that’s all? No!! Actually the best part for me was the investigation, because we discovered so many different species and Lanore is a target since she actually one of the murders and decides to investigate on her own, because the police are humans and they don’t care for supernaturals death.

Loved the book and specially, Lanore. So I’ll be waiting to her if her relationship will actually work with…

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Interview and Giveaway: Lisa Scott

Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Lisa Scott to speak about a special travels to was unforgettable. Lisa’s series Flirts! was review here. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs for more chances to win.

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My astrological sign is Cancer, and we tend to be homebodies, so it’s probably no surprise my favorite places to travel are places that feel like home. (Or at least places I wish could be home!) I have a friend who loves traveling the world. That holds no allure for me. All I can think about are the language difficulties, the hassle of currency exchange, and the fear of strange foods that will likely leave me holed up in the hotel room. No, give me a comfortable place where I’d like to stay forever.
I have two favorite forever places: Maine and Hawaii. Whenever I visit, I find myself grabbing a real estate sales magazine and dreaming of a lottery win. I actually lived in Bangor, Maine for a year and a half and got to see a lot of this fabulous state, with it’s dramatic, rocky beaches, cool pine forests, and colorful locals. Now I make a trip to Southern Maine every summer with my husband and children. He has family in New England, and they have a monster family reunion there each year. Then, we explore the beaches of southern Maine and make plans for new journeys every year. Bar Harbor and Moosehead Lake are on the schedule for next year.
Sadly, we don’t get to Hawaii as often. I’ve only been there twice. But it’s the kind of place you dream about visiting again, with the beautiful scenery, the gorgeous weather, and koi ponds wherever you go! We love the orchid flowers that seem to be nestled beside every pillow, drink, or appetizer you order. I can’t get enough of the Polynesian dancers and music. My daughter has been begging to take ukele lessons, here in upstate NY. And the flowers and tropical foliage will make you swoon. It’s definitely the kind of place you can imagine staying forever.
During our travels, we’ve met a few who did just that. The guide for our horseback ride on the beach told us she came to Hawaii for a visit, and had all her belonging shipping to the islands. She never left!
Some people like a new adventure every time they travel, and we do check out new places on our vacations. But we return to our favorites again and again, like a cherished book or beloved movie.
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Flirts! Collection

Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories to squeeze into your busy life. Fun, flirty, sweet and sassy;always with the perfect happy ending.Each story is 8,000 to 11,000 words in length (approximately 32-44 typical book pages in length. 53,000 words total, or 210 typical book pages.)

And now a short excerpt from the book…

Excerpt from “Spooked by Love” story #1 from Holiday Flirts!

“So, I’m invited to a grownup Halloween party next weekend. Would you like to come? We’ve already got fabulous costumes.” He waggled his eyebrows.

I blew out a long breath. My heart was shouting ‘yes,’ but my brain stamped its foot ‘no’—kind of like Chelsea often did. “I don’t think so.”

Jeff snapped his fingers. “Wait, just a minute. I know what the problem is. I’ll be right back.” He dashed over to the big cauldron of candy and goodies set up on a banquet table, dug through the treats inside, and hurried back. He sat down and stared at me, all serious. Then he smiled, showing off neon-green vampire teeth. “Do you ‘vant to go out ‘vith me now?” he said, with a deep, sultry, Dracula accent.

I laughed so hard I thought I might hiccup. “Because you’re wearing fake teeth?”

Frowning, he lost the accent. “I heard women are really into vampires these days.” He shrugged. “Did my sister lie to me about that?”

My lips twitched into a smile. This guy could’ve been a new hot member of the Cullen family from Twilight, but I still wouldn’t go out with him. “I’m sorry, not even the sexiest, pointiest, vampire teeth could tempt me.”

He leaned across the table towards me, lowering his voice. “I’m a police officer. Are women into police officers these days? I’ve got the uniform and everything.”

I giggled—and I am so not a giggler. “I’m sure plenty of women have a thing for police officers.”

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Lisa Scott is a former TV news anchor who now enjoys making up stories instead of sticking to the facts. The first book in her Willowdale Romance series will be released by Belle Bridge books in November 2012. In the meantime, she’ll be releasing short stories linked to the Willowdale series, in addition to her Flirts! collections.
When not begging her husband and two kids for a few minutes of peace to write her stories, she works as a voice actor and putters around in her koi pond and garden in upstate NY.
Blurb: Every volume of the Flirts! Collection features five sweet, funny romantic short stories, linked by a loose thread. It all ties up in a fab, fun ending, bringing together characters from all the stories in that collection. Each short story is 8,000-12,000 words long–the perfect length to squeeze in during your lunch break or kids’ practices. Sometimes you need a little love!
Giveaway

Lisa will be giving away a $10 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter and to the host with the most comments. 

To Enter: Leave a comment or question with your email address.

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January 18: BK Walker Books Etc.
January 25: Book Bags and Cat Naps
Januray 25: (stop #2) Review only: Reviews By Molly
February 1: Sugarbeat’s Books
February 1: (stop #2) Review only: Freda’s Voice
February 8: We Fancy Books Cancelled
February 15: Book Travels
February 22: Carrie Ann Ryan’s Blog
February 29: Fantasy Pages
March 7: Reader Girls
March 14:

Review: Flirts! by Lisa Scott

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Author: Lisa Scott
Format Read: 
ebook for the tour
Series: Flirts! Collection #1
Publisher: Lisa Macdonough
Genre: Romance
Release date: June 19th 2011
Formats Available:  kindle, ebook
Number of pages: 101
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories to squeeze into your busy life. Fun, flirty, sweet and sassy; always with the perfect happy ending.

Each story is 8,000 to 11,000 words in length (approximately 32-44 typical book pages in length. 53,000 words total, or 210 typical book pages.)

My Thoughts:

The Hot Girl’s Friend – First Story
Can a plain Jane find love when her best friend is a curvy, blond man-magnet?
Jane Jameson has been friends forever with the beautiful Miranda animaged when going out every guy is interested in the hot, blonde and tall Miranda, so Jane has all sorts of excuses for the guys that approach her.
And that’s how she met Brady Flynn, the bartender on the bar they used to go. And he’s busted Jane creating stories to save her friend from some guys. After some talk he discovers that Jane doesn’t know to she herself and only thinks man are after Miranda.
So they made a bet, if Jane doesn’t have a date on the end of two weeks, she wins a t-shirt, for the bet works they go out several times and it’s really fun to what him squirt with excuses for the guys.
Wrong Place, Right Guy

She’s at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Is there any chance he’s Mr. Right?

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Kristen Gold was being robbed and almost sexually attacked when Tony Malone saves her. And after that Kristen start having feelings for him, problem is he’s an ex-con and everybody tells her to back off.
The story is very interesting on how people judge others basically on past actions and after knowing his family is absolutely wrong how they treat him.
Kristen is a nice girl and discovered the perfect guy to play hero on a parking lot. Love can happen anywhere right?
Not You
One night with a stranger…gets even stranger the next day.
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Rob, the guy she hook up was her new stepbrother and worst of all, she still had lusty feelings for him.
This was another story with an interesting subject, knowing those two were brothers, and still trying to discover a way to be together and tell everyone about it.

Desperately Seeking Cupid
Does she have the formula for finding love?
imageBrianna Keller is trying to accept that she has six weddings to go and no date to take whit her. So when a older woman offer to feng shui her apartment for the love bagua, she take it.
And after discovering that some shopping is required she meets the handsome and a bit slow Zach Johnson, owner of the shop where she buys new memorabilia.
I loved how the two of them liked each other but still had some problems to express their feelings making all those “not dates” even more fun.

Never Been Dumped
It’s a relationship with an expiration date…and it’s going to go bad.
Rachel Miller can have every guy but the problem is when they fall inimage love is even more difficult to get ride of them. Is not that she’s using them, they just not the one, so after bad break ups, she decided to stay single for awhile, but her best friend keep trying to set her up.
One night when she was waiting for her friend in a bar  and shooing guys, she met Drake Johnson and he was funny and handsome. Plus he promised to dump her in the end of summer because he was going away and don’t do long distance relationship.
Perfect guy, right? Things were not so perfect when both discovered that feelings were stronger than they should be. Overall it was a very romantic story, especially when Drake decided to take them slow and show Rachel that man could be different.

Purchase information:

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Books in this Series:

Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories (Flirts! Collection,#1) Beach Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories (Flirts! Collection,#2) Holiday Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories (Flirts! Collection, #3)

Review: Love Beyond Loyalty by Rebecca Royce

imageTitle: Love Beyond Loyalty
Author: Rebecca Royce
Format Read: 
ebook for the tour
Series: The Outsiders #3
Publisher: Eirelander Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: February 4th 2011
Formats Available:  kindle, ebook
Number of pages: 298
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Gabriel Ward has no problem with the fact that he’s an Outsider. Hell, he’s always known he was different. What he takes issue with is the idea he has to follow any destiny at all. He’s taken care of himself-and others-since birth. There’s no way he has to start following rules now.

Loraine Peacock can speak to animals. Other than that she thinks she’s just a regular woman making her way in the world. She figures its not that weird. Many people have unusual abilities.

But when Gabriel and Loraine are forced together by a destiny he denies and she is ignorant of, they will both finally have to accept their Outsider legacy and help the others in their quest to defeat the ultimate evil—a demon bent on world destruction. That is, if they can both survive to find their way to the most important part of their destiny: love.

My Thoughts:

I’m only now starting this series but can’t help but give a good praise for Rebecca. She created an amazing plot involving a prophecy, demons and soul mates.

It’s interesting to read a book when we know the couple are meant to be together and to simply what how they dealt why love and the struggles that always appear along the way.

This one is different, since Gabriel already know a little bit about this prophecy and accepted there’s a women out in the world that is his soul mate. Usually is a bit more difficult for men to accept things when they fit outside the normal.

Loved Loraire and how strong passionate she is. She hears animals and doesn’t freak out because of it, so when Futton(her dog) ask her to leave everything and help someone, she actually does it, no questions, because she knows he won’t say anything.

Loved how the plot revolves around the other couples and shows that their love life is a battle everyday to fight this demon.

This review is part of the book tour for this book, there’s also a giveaway on the tour post, you can find it here.

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Books in this Series:

Love Beyond Time (The Outsiders #1) Love Beyond Sanity (The Outsiders #2) Love Beyond Loyalty (The Outsiders #3)

Interview and Giveaway: Rebecca Royce

Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Rebecca Royce to answer some questions. Rebecca’s latest novel Love Beyond Loyalty. This is the first stop on her book tour, don’t forget to visit the other blogs for more chances to win.

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BookTravels: Why did you decide to write an erotic paranormal?
Rebecca Royce: I think that the books I write sort of lent themselves to the erotic market naturally. When you are dealing with the paranormal, and that is where my muse takes me, it is natural that when you are going that dark, you also want to go that hot. The darker I go, the hotter I want it.
I can take the reader to the depths of the paranormal world, and I do in my Outsider series, the antagonist is a very scary demon who wants to kill the main characters, but then the hero and the heroine get to really experience each other sexually to alleviate some of the tension.
BookTravels: What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
Rebecca Royce: I hope I’m telling a good story with characters the audience really wants to invest in. I think, as writers, it’s the best we can do. And then hope that we stand out.
BookTravels: Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
Rebecca Royce: My computer. That is really about it…
BookTravels: What kind of books do you read in your spare time?
Rebecca Royce: Romance novels. I love a happy ending.
BookTravels: Do you read the same genre that you write?
Rebecca Royce: Yes, for the most part. Although I do not write historicals or contemporary suspense romance novels and I love to read those.
BookTravels: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
Rebecca Royce: Right now, I am writing the third book in my Young Adult series called The Warrior. It is non-erotic. The only non-erotic series I am currently writing.
BookTravels: What is one erotic paranormal book that you would recommend?
Rebecca Royce: Do you read D.L. Jackson? Seducing Liberty or This Endriss Night. Really, anything from the Decadent Publishing 1NS series is bound to be a fast, hot, good read.

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Love Beyond Loyalty
Gabriel Ward has no problem with the fact that he’s an Outsider. Hell, he’s always known he was different. What he takes issue with is the idea he has to follow any destiny at all. He’s taken care of himself-and others-since birth. There’s no way he has to start following rules now.
Loraine Peacock can speak to animals. Other than that she thinks she’s just a regular woman making her way in the world. She figures its not that weird. Many people have unusual abilities.
But when Gabriel and Loraine are forced together by a destiny he denies and she is ignorant of, they will both finally have to accept their Outsider legacy and help the others in their quest to defeat the ultimate evil—a demon bent on world destruction. That is, if they can both survive to find their way to the most important part of their destiny: love.
And now a short excerpt from the book…
“Are you going to tell me what happened to you? You just stood there and let that wave slam into you. I thought you were dead but Futon knew you were alive.”
Futon? He regarded the dog. A medium sized border collie with black spots stared back at him. His heart sped up. He‘d heard that name for a dog before. In fact, it was the same damn dog.
“I know you.” He pointed at the creature. “But the last time I saw you was with an old woman on Magazine Street in New Orleans.”
Gabriel had been working for a shady lingerie storeowner on the bad side of Magazine Street at the time. Trying to find out what Sebastian wanted with the man, he would later uncover that the demon had employed Trent, the owner, to kill virgins by bleeding them to death. Gabriel still didn‘t fully understand how it benefited Sebastian and he wasn‘t sure he ever would. On his second day, he‘d been hassled by an old woman on the street who‘d told him Sebastian was in New Jersey and that he needed to hurry up and get there.
She‘d spoken of fate and a lot of mumbo-jumbo he hadn‘t understood. It had turned out that she was right and he‘d high-tailed it off to New Jersey to help stop Sebastian‘s assault on the Outsiders. The woman had been with Futon.
The woman shook her head. “There are lots of border collies around this area. You must have seen a different one because Futon never leaves me.”
portraitAs a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

www.rebeccaroyce.com

Current and Upcoming Works

The Outsiders

Love Beyond Time
Love Beyond Sanity
Love Beyond Loyalty
Love Beyond Sight (TBA)

Westervelt Wolves

Her Wolf
Summer’s Wolf
Wolf Reborn
Wolf’s Valentine
Wolf’s Magic
Alpha Wolf
Angel’s Wolf
Darkest Wolf (coming soon.)

The Warrior

Initiation
Driven

The Conditioned

Eye Contact
Embraced

Sexy Superheroes

Screwing the Superhero
Banging the Superhero

Other Works

Behind The Scenes
First Dimension
Yes, Captain
Return to the Sea
One Night With A Wolf
Another Chance
Light Me Up
I’ll Be Mated For Christmas

Giveaway

Rebecca will be giving away a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
To Enter: Leave a comment or question with your email address.

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February 10: TBQ’s Book Palace
February 13: AsianCocoa’s Secret Garden
February 14: Rachel Leigh – Erotic Romance
February 15: Blisse Blog
February 16: It’s Raining Books
February 17: REVIEW ONLY Wicked Readings By Tawania
February 20: From Me to You … Video, Photography, & Book Reviews
February 21: Zee Monodee – Author’s Corner
February 22: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
February 23: The Muse
February 24: Adventure Into Romance
February 27: Delaney Diamond
February 28: Christine Young Romance Writer
February 29: The Cerebral Writer
March 1: Erotica For All
March 2: Kacey’s Kreations

Interview and Giveaway: Dianne Venetta

Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Dianne Venetta to answer some questions. Dianne’s new novel Lust on the rocks was released in January 3rd.

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BookTravels: Why did you decide to write a romantic women’s fiction novel?
Dianne Venetta: To me, romance centers on the hero and heroine and the multitude of reasons these two (who are otherwise hot for one another) cannot be together, but why they should be.  It doesn’t give equal weight to best friends or family and it doesn’t focus on a woman’s personal growth and maturity where women’s fiction can. 
Sure, the heroine is someone with whom you can identify, someone with whom you can sympathize throughout the story, but she’s flawed (who isn’t?). But what keeps her hopping is that delicious hero, right?
Yet while I enjoy being whisked away by a handsome fantasy, my feet are firmly entrenched in terra firma (usually between the rows of my garden) accepting that life is beautiful, but not without its blemishes. Emotions can be a landscape of colorful experience, but they also include rainy days and sleepless nights.
And that’s where women’s fiction comes into play. This genre allows for friends and family to share the stage with the heroine. Their thoughts and opinions matter which—much of the time—means flushing out the heroine’s flaws.
Enough said?
BookTravels: What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
Dianne Venetta: This particular story involves a sub-plot that many may find controversial. It involves the unexpected pregnancy of my heroine’s younger sister and deals with the difficulties of her decision thereafter. While I don’t advocate for one side or the other, I do allow the issue to drive a wedge between my hero and heroine. (Meanie J)
To me this is the crux of women’s fiction—writing about the issues facing women today. Yet what makes my novels different is the fact that I center these issues around a romance, because love is at the center of all we do—or a lack thereof. Besides, I need a HEA to give me hope! Walking away from a novel depressed is not my idea of fun. If I want to feel sad, I’ll turn on the news. So for issue-oriented romances, you’ve come to the right place when you pick up a Dianne Venetta novel.
BookTravels: Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
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Water, two computer screens—one for note checking, fact checking—the other for writing.  I like music when I’m writing deep emotion or sex (not always the in the same scene!) and blocks of time. I’m a plotter, not a “pantster” so I need time to think about what I’m doing before I sit down to do it.  When it comes to writing, anyway. The rest of my life seems to be a spontaneous free-for-all!
Once I get started though, I tend to lose track of time which is why blocks of the stuff becomes so crucial—helps me stay productive and happy.  And if mamma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!

BookTravels: What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

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I read what I write, mostly romance and women’s fiction, though I do enjoy a good non-fiction book if I feel I’m going to learn something interesting and/or thought-provoking.  A few thrillers here and there will be found in my hands, so long as they’re not too graphic. You see, I have an over-active imagination which tends to get carried away when I’m trying to sleep.  Not good.


BookTravels: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

Dianne Venetta: You bet. My current project is actually the third in this series and features an ambitious, competitive young woman trying to find her way in life. She knows what she wants (she thinks) and she’s hell bent on getting it (just not sure how!). As you can see, she’s somewhat fraught by indecision and insecurity.

 
But there’s a particularly delightful hero waiting to help her wade through the murk of uncertainty and emerge strong and sure with a clear vision of not only what she wants from life, but what she needs.  The man is quite a charmer, to boot.

BookTravels: What is one romantic women’s fiction novel book that you would recommend?

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Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris.  It’s her debut novel and quite a good one!

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Lust on the Rocks

She has what he needs, and he won’t stop until he gets it. Trouble is, what begins as a matter of death, becomes a matter of life.

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One case away from partnership, Samantha Rawlings is forced to share her high-profile case with a sexy younger man, whose eyes are on a different prize. In the best interests of her client, Sam opens the door to his strategy. Turns out, a little too far…
Victor Marin has ulterior motives. The defendant in her case holds the key to his revenge, and his last chance for justice. But as he chases old demons, he uncovers a powerful woman with no inhibitions, one he wants to possess for himself. But decidedly single, Sam wants no part.

Until Vic walks away.

And now a short excerpt from the book…

“It’s nice out here, isn’t it?”

The light breeze tossed hair into her face as she looked at him. “One of my favorite places to be.” The feel and sound of crashing waves reminded her of life’s ebb and flow, the powerful force of nature, the calming sense of continuity. Sam loved the ocean, from the deep dark depths to the slide of incoming tides across a shore littered with shells.

Vic kept his pace slow. Jean pant legs rolled up, he carried his loafers in one hand, allowing the other to occasionally bump with hers. “Why aren’t you tied down yet, Sam? Seems to me, a woman like you would have men lining up with proposals.”

She chuckled at his compliment. “I don’t want to be tied down.”

“Ever? You mean to tell me you never met a guy who did it for you?”

“Did it for me?” she repeated, amused by his choice of words. But she knew what he meant and relaxed into a laugh. “I’ve met a lot of men who have done it for me, as you so neatly put, but I choose to be single.”

“Why? Someone hurt you?”

“No.” Other than my family. Being forced to care for five little kids when you were scarcely one yourself wasn’t so great. But life did that to you. It put you in situations and forced you to deal—which she did. But that was behind her now and she didn’t intend to go back. Ever.

“You don’t want kids? Is that it?”

“Let’s say I had an overexposure at a young age, caring for my brothers and sisters and I’m cleansed of any desire to have my own. What about you?”

“What about me.”

“Siblings, nieces, nephews…”

“None,” he said, and Sam almost tripped over the soft quality of his voice.

“Must be strange.” When he didn’t reply, she said, “I’m sorry, that didn’t come out right.”

He looked at her and said, “Don’t worry about it. No big deal.”

But the vulnerability in his eyes unraveled her heart. Had he been hurt? Was that the reason behind his distinct change in demeanor, the wall that slid between them?

This was usually easy territory for a man. Unless there was a problem, rang the sentiment again. “Ever thought about marriage and kids for yourself?”

“Maybe someday.”

Someday?”
“I’m focused on my career, but later, when I’m ready to settle down…” The thought fell away. “Who knows?”

“They’re a lot of work,” Sam tried to make light, willing the ease to return.

“But the connection is worth it.”

She turned to him and he stopped. In the distance, the sound of partygoers blended with the thumping base of music drifting far and wide. Behind them, a large wave crashed. Racing up the shore, it submerged them ankle deep, then glided across the wide expanse of sand as it made its retreat to the ocean. Something changed. The hairs on the back of her neck stood amidst goose bumps prickling her flesh. Vic’s gaze cut through the gentle evening light as he touched her hair, ceasing its lash across her cheekbones. Her pulse quickened.

“I had a nice time.”

“Me, too,” she uttered, her breathing reduced to wisps.

“I’m glad we’re working together.”

She could only nod, suspended by what came next.
AuthorPicDianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab–Cody-body! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you’ll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.

A girl’s gotta have fun, right?

When she’s not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in her kids’ school garden (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses–or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she’s done all right.

http://www.BloominThyme.com – the last being my garden blog
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Interview and Giveaway: Tori St. Claire

Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Tori St. Claire to answer some questions. Tori’s new novel Stripped was released in January 3rd.
BookTravels: Why did you decide to write an erotic romance?
Tori St. Claire: I was wondering if someone was going to ask me this question!  I’m so glad you did… because this is probably the only instance in my publishing career that has a legitimately interesting story.
I spoke at the NOLA Stars conference in March of 2011 and met Delilah Devlin and Alexis Walker.  In talking with them, I decided I’d give erotica a shot when I finished the current novella I was working on because it sounded challenging.  A few months prior to this Stripped had finaled in a contest for romantic suspense and when I left my agent was shopping it.
I came home on a Sunday night with only my critique partner, my special guy, and Alexis knowing I was going to definitely try my hand at erotica.  Monday I was sitting with my boys finishing off the last of the crawdads I brought home when my agent called.  My hands were a mess, so I didn’t answer.  Her message – “Berkley has some input on Stripped”.
Immediately I dialed and learned the conditional offer had been made on my book if I modified it to become erotic.  I then jumped in place and informed my agent yes I was willing and all the details about what I’d decided at the conference.  Her response?  “Good, I already told them you would.”  Laugh!
So Stripped came to life rather coincidentally. The only deliberately erotic book I’ve consciously written is its counterpart, Lie to Me, coming in July.
BT: What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
TSC: My book is actually a bit controversial, to be frank.  I have dark characters.  Morally ambiguous characters doing amoral things for the sake of national security.  Many erotic suspense books have characters who are covert operatives in one fashion or another, but we rarely see them engaging in the parts of their professional lives that might make us, as “normal people” cringe.  I broke that barrier and took risks with the Black Opals.
I don’t expectthe reader to walk away from the book saying “If I could only be a Black Opal.”  What I hope is that readers will see the characters for who they are and understand the story as it fits the character, not necessarily as an idol to be looked up to.  Kinda like Tom Hanks’ character in Road to Perdition.  He was not a nice guy.  He was a hitman for the mafia who was, at the core, a human being.  But we understood his journey, his obstacles, and for awhile, we walked in his shoes, supporting his goal and rooting for him to live.
BT: Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
TSC: Coffee, coffee, coffee… and some sort of snack.  Currently its either honey-wheat pretzels or cinnamon pretzels.
BT: What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?
TSC: I do read the same genre that I write.  It’s very important to be familiar with what’s popular in the markets.  But when I’m not reading romance or erotic romance, you’re apt to see me with a non-fiction book on ancient civilizations or with an epic fantasy story I hand.
BT: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
TSC:  Because I write under two pen names, I have a lot of projects in the works.  As Tori St. Claire, I’m working on follow-up proposals at the moment and tackling edits for the second Black Opal novel, Lie to Me.
Under my Claire Ashgrove hat, I’m working through edits on my second book in the series, The Curse of the Templar and I’m also finalizing the Inherited Damnation series.  I’m also constructing a proposal as well that’s entirely different than anything I’ve written before.  All I’m going to say on that note 🙂
Stripped
Body of secrets…
As a member of the CIA’s elite, Black Opals, Natalya Trubachev must live a lie, working undercover as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss. His business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers overseas for twisted sex games. Natalya’s business is to blow the ring wide open and bring down Dmitri and his American contacts. But the stakes are raised when she learns that the next target is her own sister Kate, a dancer in the famed club Fantasia. Only now does Natalya realize how personal her mission has become, and how far she’s willing to go to complete it.
Body of lies…
The manager of Fantasia is Brandon Moretti, an undercover detective who keeps a close eye on his girls, and an even closer one on his sinfully sensual hire. For Natalya, working the club could be the break she’s been waiting for. But for Moretti, Natalya is a possible link to a killer. Only he never counted on her being so lethally seductive or so dangerous to get close to.  As every forbidden pleasure between them is stripped away, his own secrets threaten their security, but it’s Natalya’s that could destroy them both.
And now a short excerpt from the book…

“No.” Sitting forward, Brandon folded his hands on the stack of papers atop his desk. “You worked with Kate. That was when? Ten years ago? Have you danced since then?”

“Fifteen, and no. But I’m quite capable.” Only because Dmitri made her dance for him. She supposed she could consider that a benefit. If he hadn’t insisted on private pole dances, her body would have forgotten how.

The reproachful arch of a dark eyebrow hinted at doubt. “What makes you certain you can compete with the girls who’ve been doing this for years?” His gaze dropped to her breasts, then slid slowly back up to lock with hers. “Beyond the obvious.”

Natalya’s body flushed with heat. She crossed the opposite leg over her opposite knee, unsettled by the blatant appreciation in those tawny eyes. How many times had Dmitri looked at her with the same suggestion in his gaze?

How long had it been since she’d liked being stripped bare with a mere glance?

The sudden tingling of her skin disturbed her. Moretti could very well be one of Dmitri’s faithful—he had more than one cop on the take. While Dmitri understood her job required a bit of . . . feminine finesse . . . he’d only grant her so much leeway. If she gave him a reason to suspect her allegiance, he’d slice her throat before she could see the knife glint. And the way her body was warming beneath Brandon’s heated stare spelled trouble.

Determined to ignore his blatantly sexual gaze, she focused on the small white scar across Moretti’s chin and dredged up every reason she could think of to convince him into giving her the job. “I danced well. Was the crowd favorite for a while. I held the job all through college, and two years in, the girls were coming to me for dance suggestions, costuming, on-the-spot fixes for breakdowns. Advice on how to handle the more exuberant customers.” She took a breath and began counting items off her fingers. “I hired. I fired. I kept the drugs out of the dressing rooms. I trained the girls on the pole—Kate said you needed someone strong with the pole. My core body strength—”

“You’re hired.”

Natalya snapped her mouth shut. Slowly, she blinked. “What?”

“You’re hired.” Moretti stood, stretching out his muscular thighs that even his loose denim jeans couldn’t disguise. He shoved his left hand into his hip pocket. Against her will, Natalya’s gaze dropped to his crotch. Her breath caught at the tightening of his fly, the hard ridge that evidenced arousal.

When she yanked her gaze back to Brandon’s, his eyes flashed dark gold, telling her he knew exactly where she’d been looking. His voice, however, belied his awareness. “We open in three hours. I’ll need you here early to help get the girls settled in.”

“The girls?”

He fished a set of keys out of the top right desk drawer and held his fist over her hand. “These are to the dressing rooms. I have a copy, you have a copy. No one else. Kate’s our star. She goes on at ten, and every two hours after. Jill follows. Beyond that, you’ll have to talk to the girls.”

Natalya moved her hand beneath his, palm up, waiting for the keys. “And me?”

“I need a housemom more than I need a dancer.” His fingers brushed the base of her wrist.

Ignoring the chill that raced to her shoulder, she blinked again. “A housemom?” He had to be kidding! She needed to be onstage. Scoping out the crowd. Looking for Discovery, as he was bound to be looking for potential targets.

Brandon lifted his hand a fraction. “A housemom.”

Or the job wasn’t hers. The hard line of his chiseled jaw voiced what he didn’t say.

Hell, not if she had anything to say about it. She was here to crack a case, and she couldn’t do that locked away in the back of the house.

He slammed the ball of his fist down on her desk. A box of chocolate-covered cherries jumped. He glanced at the white and red carton briefly, then dismissed it, locking his gaze with Natalya’s once more. “I’ll tell you about wrong ideas. Let’s start with how your boss told you not to dance, and you decided to do so anyway.”

“My boss?” Natalya laughed again. “Make up your mind which role you want to play, Brandon. You’re only my boss when it’s convenient for you. Otherwise you’re too busy fucking me.”

He clamped his teeth down on the stream of oaths that choked off his air. He couldn’t argue with the truth. Moreover, he caught the flat glint of her eyes. The unfeeling stare that told him the words were real enough, but the woman who said them wasn’t. For a moment, in the dancers’ lounge, he’d glimpsed that mesmerizing Natalya who drove him to maddening limits. While this shell made him every bit as crazy, he ached for the woman who prompted him into foolishness. She had been on the stage. She deserved the fight.

“Damn it, where are you?” Frustrated beyond all means, he swiped his arm across the desk, sending the chocolates flying into the wall.

She blinked. But not at him, he realized, as he followed the trajectory of her gaze. She stared at the floor where the box had broken open. Smashed chocolate-covered cherries coated the floor, sugary ooze pouring from a squashed corner.

Brandon straightened. Unease filtered through his angry haze. He’d hit the candy hard. But not hard enough to smash two entire trays of candies, each held in egg-shaped cups. That candy was already crushed, long before he’d hit it. And to accomplish that, while keeping the flimsy plastic cups from collapsing, someone had done it piece by piece.

“Who gave you that?” His gaze flicked back to hers, and he took a small measure of satisfaction at witnessing the truth behind her eyes before she once again snapped the shutters closed.

“I told you jealousy wasn’t a pretty color for you.”

He pursed his lips, ground his teeth together. With patience that defied his years of training, he gritted out, “No games. Who gave you the chocolate, Natalya?”

Defiance radiated in the proud jut of her chin. Sparkled behind her unblinking stare. Then, as she blinked, the facade crumbled. She shook her head. “It wasn’t here when I left for the stage.”

In the next heartbeat, the color drained from her face. He knew then, she’d made a connection. Associated the candy with someone else. Someone who had the capacity to strike fear into her fearless little heart.

“Tell me what you want, beautiful.” His breath rasped over her cheek. Featherlight kisses accompanied the whisper, trailing across her skin in a taunting path toward her mouth.

Kiss me. She turned her head in search of lips she instinctively knew would be warm, the words on the tip of her tongue. Kiss me until I don’t care whether I live or die.

Honesty. Just once.

He caught her lower lip with his teeth, the nip nowhere near gentle. But the lazy stroke of his tongue soothed the stinging bite. She parted her lips, dipped her tongue out to touch his.

Brandon’s body tightened like a whip. The pressure in her lower back increased as his fingers curled into her skin. Their breaths mingled. The tips of their tongues met in a slow, sensual dance. As another spasm of ecstasy threatened to send her tumbling into his solid chest, she braced her hands on his shoulders.

And then Brandon was gone, the magic of his fingers disappearing as he stepped back and set both hands on her waist. His gaze scorched in to flood her body with tingles. He waited, his question unspoken, but hanging between them.

Tell me what you want.

Clearly he intended to make her admit she wanted to feel him deep inside her. Wanted to experience the slide of his bare skin against hers. And God, how she wanted to kiss him. To taste the desire that burned in his gaze and the indescribable flavor of hot, aroused man.

Confessing might lead her to an early grave, but for once, her conscious would be clear. She swallowed hard and dug deep for the courage that had kept her alive these last three years. His gaze followed the sweep of her tongue as she moistened her lips.

“Kiss me.” Her senses honed in on her whisper, amplifying it and the ragged fall of their mutual breathing. She became aware of every minuscule sound as she waited for Brandon to either dip his head and honor her request, or shove her aside with a wicked sneer.

He took a step closer, bringing their bodies in contact from chest to toes. One arm wrapped around her waist, then slid up her back to offer support between her shoulder blades. The other tangled in her hair, tipping her head back. Putting her where he wanted her—subtle dominance that thrilled her in places she hadn’t known existed. Her womb clamped hard, sending another rush of moisture through her pussy.

His mouth descended. Warm lips played against hers, drawing her into the spell his body wove. Pulling her in so deep she struggled for air.

The sudden, brassy ring of her cell phone jolted her out of hazy desire. She froze. With Kate and Sergei due to arrive at Fantasia any minute, there could only be one other person calling at this time of day—Dmitri. It would be almost one in the morning in Moscow. The time Dmitri put aside his work and crawled into bed. He’d want to talk before he slept.

“Don’t answer that,” Brandon whispered against her mouth.

Damn if those lips weren’t compelling. She’d had his mouth on her breast, knew the incredible magic his tongue could create there, but had yet to experience the tantalizing slide of his tongue against hers. The need to feel his mouth on hers, to get lost in his potent masculinity pressed her to ignore the ringing tones.

Duty, however, rose up screaming. If she didn’t answer, Dmitri would get suspicious.
“I have to.”

Tori St. Claire grew up writing. Hobby quickly turned into passion, and when she discovered the world of romance as a teen, poems and short stories gave way to full length novels with sexy heroes and heroines waiting to be swept off their feet. She wrote her first romance novel at seventeen.

While that manuscript gathered dust-bunnies beneath the bed, she went on to establish herself as a contemporary, historical, and paranormal author under the pen name, Claire Ashgrove. Her writing, however, skirted a fine line between hot and steamy, and motivated by authors she admired, she pushed her boundaries and made the leap into erotica, using the darker side of human nature and on-the-edge suspense to drive grittier, sexier, stories.

Her erotic romantic suspense novels are searingly sensual experiences that unite passion with true emotion, and the all-consuming tie that binds — love.

Tori can be found at:

Twitter: @claireashgrove
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